From the beginning of time, the Lord drew boundaries. When he created this world, along with Adam and Eve, he gave them all the freedom in the world, but he told them not to eat of the tree that contained knowledge of good and evil. You see, our God is all-knowing. He knew from the beginning of time that this world was capable of beauty, love, and hope, but he also knew that there was a great capacity for evil. In 1 John 5:19, God says, “We know that we are from God and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” He knew that Satan had the ability to create disaster in our lives. With all his knowledge, God began creating boundaries, lines for us to live within.
I remember seeing these lines as I grew up in my parents’ home. I felt like it was a constant battle between what they would allow and what I wanted for myself, especially in the dating world. I remember them telling me time and time again, “Sweetie, we are doing this to protect you, not to hurt you.” There was a certain boy that I wanted to date; he was a couple years ahead of me, and I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. Finally, after many months of begging and pleading, against their sound judgment, my parents began allowing me to date. Forgetting their words and wisdom, I jumped full force into this relationship. I gave my heart, and there were areas of my life and morals that I compromised. The relationship left me broken, it took the trust of my parents, and I thought I was beyond repair. The words of my parents came flooding back to me, and I kept asking myself why I didn’t listen to their wisdom, their judgment, and their boundaries.
Psalm 32:8 tells us, “I will instruct you in the way you should go; I will counsel you, and I will watch over you.”
I saw my parents very much how people today see God. I saw them with their rules, their regulations, and their strict nature. I think a lot of people see God in the same light. They think of man with a Bible, waiting for us to mess up, waiting for us to stray outside the boundaries he has created, but God’s boundaries (just like my parent’s boundaries) are nothing like this picture. My parents were the hands and feet of Jesus in the way that they established rules. Boundaries were not created to imprison our lives, but they were created to protect us. They were created, because God knows what is good and what is right for our lives, and many times that is not what this world or even what we believe is right for us.
The beautiful part of this story is what came next… In my brokenness, I thought my parents would never look at me the same, I thought I would never have their trust again. Instead, I was met with love, affection, forgiveness of broken trust, and healing. Jesus offers the same for us. He knows that we are capable of straying outside the boundaries of his love and protection, and that is why he created a solution. He took the brokenness, in the corners of our lives that we compromised, to the cross. He knew that he was capable of healing us, restoring us, and resetting the lines that we crossed. He promises us in Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are scarlet, they will be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” The beauty of Christ is in his boundaries. He knows and can see the things, in this life, that we can’t. In his infinite wisdom, he created the protection for our lives and created a solution for the shame we endure when we cross the lines he drew. God calls us to trust him when he says no, and trust him when we don’t understand. Look to his word, and trust that his boundaries are created for your protection because HE LOVES YOU more than you will ever know
Written by: Logan Dupree